Do you want to have your MINI customized in the exact way you want it? Well, the brand can do that for you but you have to be willing to pay a small fortune. After the success of the crossover segment, Mini decided to release its second-generation Countryman - this time, with a wide range of equipment to choose from.
The entry-level model comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder with 134 horsepower (99 kW) and 162 pound-feet of torque. As with the top spec that has an engine of 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that can yield 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft torque, the price begins at $31,950. The standard is a six-speed manual, and to upgrade to an eight-speed automatic, you will have to add $1,500.
The Fully Loaded Package, which costs $6,000, is the most expensive add-on. It’s a combination of all the equipment you’ll get from the Technology Package, Premium Package, and Convenience Package. Plus many more including a luxury Harman Kardon stereo, parking assist, real-time traffic info, power hatch, and heated front seats. And if you want an adaptive cruise control feature, that’s another $1,000 out of your wallet.
On top of all that, there are nine exterior colours available. Beginning from the Moonwalk Grey that costs nothing, all other colours will be priced at $500, except for the Lapis luxury Blue that’s double the price. And of course, the classic Chili Red which should cost nothing, however, you can only avail it with the $2,000 JCW Exterior Package, which puts in 18-inch wheels, a body kit, spoiler, and a doorsill trim. Add $500 and you’ll get a set of 19-inch wheels.
The new generation crossover is longer by eight inches compared to the original model, giving the interior more leg space. Now this is actually quite useful. And speaking of interior, there’s a JCW Interior Package that comes with sport seats, stainless steel pedal trim, a black headliner, and a different steering wheel - all for $400. With eight upholstery choices in browns and blacks, the cost ranges from $250 to $2,250.
I did mention that you’ll have to be willing to pay a big sum for the new crossover. That is, if you pick all the available options, as it will cost you up to $45,850 - an additional $13,900 to the crossover’s base price. I doubt that most people will tick all the options. But imagine having a Mini Countryman with the Fully Loaded Package, it’s like an all-in-one package.
The new crossover will be out in showrooms this March in the U.S., and the company is planning to release an all-wheel drive, plug-in hybrid variant with an electric motor soon - which has no price tag yet.